The Shadow Thieves (Cronus Chronicles)
by Anne Ursu
- VOYA: 4Q4P M
- Lexile Level: 850L
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141690588X
- ISBN-13: 978-1416905882
Charlotte Mielswetzski is fine with her boring, normal life, but when her cousin, Zee, comes to visit from England, everything is turned upside down. Not only is he gorgeous, popular, great at soccer, and has a fabulous accent, but he is also nice! Guh! Now Zee is here to stay and their friends are getting sick one by one. To make matters worse, a strange cat has taken up residence in the house and men in tuxedos are creeping around the neighborhood. When Zee reveals that a similiar illness drove his parents to send him to the US, the two young teens realize that they must get the bottom of the mystery before it is too late. But can the cousins take on the entire Greek pantheon before it is too late?
This is the first book of the Cronus Chronicles and works as a great read-alike or companion read to the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Charlotte and Zee are thrown into a similiar world where Greek myths are very real and interferring with the lives of mortals. Both characters are strong, engaging, and very believable. The adventures they go through to save their friends are exciting but not too scay and the villans are both funny and frightening. While the Percy Jackson series is slightly darker and more mature, and may appeal to male readers more than female, the Cronus Chronicles are accessible to both genders and most age groups equally. Ursu also has a great writing style and voice that adds even more delight to the series.